With Mobile World Congress all set to start on Monday, 25 February, you may imagine smartphone manufacturers are desperately trying to keep leaks and rumours down to a minimum, so as not to spoil any surprises. Not so with LG, which has been steadily announcing its MWC line-up over the past couple of weeks, and the latest to be shown is the new F Series range.
LG’s intention with the new F Series is to create an affordable set of 4G LTE smartphones, just as the L Series is for people who want good-looking phones and the G Series is for those who want a top-of-the-range device. So far, there are two phones in the F Series, the Optimus F5 and the Optimus F7. If it follows the L Series, we can expect to see an F3 and an F9 in the future.
The Optimus F7 has an impressive feature list starting with a 4.7-inch touchscreen, which appears to be the same 4.7 True HD IPS panel seen on the Optimus G. This means it should have a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, but we’ll need to wait for LG to confirm this before knowing for sure. Inside the phone is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, while on the outside is an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel video call lens.
It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a feature shared by the Optimus F5. The F5 is a slight step down from the F7 so you get a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. Internal memory stays the same at 8GB, plus both handsets have microSD expansion slots and the aforementioned 4G connectivity.
LG will put both the F Series phones on display at Mobile World Congress, where they’ll join the L Series II and the Optimus G Pro. They’re expected to go on sale in Europe before the summer, although no exact release date or prices have been confirmed. Will LG have anything we’ve not seen already at the show? We’ll find out next week.